Maria Sharapova was knocked out of the Brisbane Worldwide this week within the first spherical. © AFP
5-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova was on Wednesday handed an Australian Open wildcard as she makes an attempt to resurrect her profession after an injury-plagued 2019. The 32-year-old, who gained the Australian Open event in 2008, has slipped down the rankings to 147, exterior automated qualification, and was bounced out of the Brisbane Worldwide this week within the first spherical. However the Russian stays an enormous title and she’s going to line up at Melbourne Park as soon as once more after it was introduced on the event web site that she can be a wildcard.
Till Brisbane, Maria Sharapova had not performed since a first-round loss to career-long rival Serena Williams on the US Open in August, together with her season ruined by a shoulder harm.
“It was an extended match. I believe that is going to be a great check for my shoulder, not a lot proper now, however possibly tomorrow and the day after to see how I really feel,” she mentioned after her Brisbane defeat on Tuesday.
“I positively misplaced pace on it and power towards the tip of the match, however that comes with time. I’ve to be affected person with that.”
Maria Sharapova, who made her Australian Open debut in 2003, additionally revealed she had been battling a virus “the place I simply could not preserve something in”.